|SmallDog Rescue is one of the only shelters in Georgia that welcomes children of all ages to volunteer. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, contact our email@example.com
Shelter Caretaker (10 years and older)
Children 10+ are welcome with a parent or guardian present. The shelter has about 40 dogs at all times needing love, affection, walks, and baths. The shelter has a bright and cheerful playroom which we would love children and their families to come visit and socialize our animals.
There is ample opportunity to engage with the dogs by petting and playing with them and providing them with much needed human contact and TLC. Children younger than 10 may be able to volunteer at the discretion of the staff if accompanied by parent or guardian.
Team Captains for Fundraising or supply drives (open to all ages)
We welcome the involvement of young people in our fundraising efforts. Children of all ages can initiate a number of projects to raise money or goods for the shelter. From dog washes to lemonade stands and garage sales, children can have an important impact on the day-to-day expenses of caring for the homeless animals in our program. We have a Wish List provided online if you would like to create a supply drive.
Thrift Store Volunteer (16-18)
This is an opportunity for teens to work on the fundraising side of Furkids at the Furkids Thrift Store, our 7,000 sq. ft. store that generates revenue to help cover the operating expenses of the shelter.
Volunteers will be responsible for receiving and sorting incoming donations and staging them onto the sales floor and/or tidying the merchandise on the display racks. This is a great opportunity for young volunteers that like working in a retail environment or who are allergic to cats. Plus, it looks great on college applications!
Event Dog Handler (open to all ages)
SmallDog Rescue has lots of dogs available for adoption. They can be meet potential owners on Saturdays and some Sundays at one of our adoption events or at Bren’s House on Wednesdays. This opportunity is for young people that are comfortable handling dogs in a bustling retail environment. Dog handlers are responsible for walking the dogs and making sure they are secure at all times. There is some interacting with the public. Anyone between the ages of six and seventeen may volunteer at the discretion of the staff if accompanied by parent or guardian.
Foster Homes for Dogs and Cats (open to all ages)
Young people and their families are needed to provide temporary loving homes to SmallDog Rescue program’s dogs and Furkids’ program’s cats. The rescues provides all the medical care, food, and marketing to facilitate an adoption. The foster home experience is great for children of all ages – as it teaches sharing in responsibility and encourages kindness and a nurturing spirit towards homeless animals in need. This opportunity also increases an animal’s chances to be placed into a lifelong, loving home. We will match the most appropriate foster animal for your family, whether it be a litter of kittens, a dog that needs lots of interaction, a laid back quiet cat, an older dog, etc. The time frame for fostering varies according to availability and can be as short as one week to several weeks.
Santa Photo Helpers (Seasonal) (9-18)
Young volunteers are needed to help pet owners stage their dogs (and other pets) with Santa for a Christmas keepsake photo. This event takes place at seven metro-Atlanta adoption centers. Helpers are needed the first three weekends of December. This is an important fundraiser for Furkids and a great opportunity for groups of young volunteers that enjoy working together. Several helpers are needed at once – people to welcome, people to stage pets, people for photographing, and people for assembling the photos – oh, and dads to fill in as Santa! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
If you are interested in volunteering at the cage-free cat shelter which houses 250 cats in Doraville please e-mail email@example.com